This is a service that is provided to all Illinois residents who are dyslexic, blind, visually impaired, or have a physical disability that prevents the reading of standard print.
To request an application, call 1-800-426-0709 or download one from the TBBS website. Once the application is completes, mail it to the ISL TBBS (Illinois State Library Talking Book & Braille Services) in Springfield: 300 S. Second Street Springfield, IL 62701-1796.
For more information visit www.ilbph.org/ or click here for a PDF.
A nice way to remember a friend or family member is by giving a book memorial. A memorial would start with a contribution for the price of the book. It is also helpful to give the librarians a suggestion for the kind of book desired for the memorial. For instance, might we suggest a cookbook for a remembrance of a friend who loved to cook? Or picking a book about tractors or farming practices for a person who loved to farm? A favorite book of the deceased would also be a fitting memorial. The book will contain a memorial sticker on the inside cover.
Inter-library loan describes a process of sharing between libraries. Patrons can request materials from other libraries in the RAILS system. Patrons can put a hold on an item by using the RSACAT online service for finding library materials or by asking a library clerk. Deliveries are made by RAILS and the deliveries arrive at our library on Monday through Friday.
If you cannot find the material you need using RSACAT, please contact a librarian. We can use another method to search for materials throughout the state.
The library would be happy to deliver materials to
homebound patrons. Call the library for more information.
The library has a subscription to Consumer Reports website. If you would like to use the subscription, you must use it on one of the library computers. We can not give you the password for your own device or at home use. Please as a librarian to log in when signing in to use the computer.
Preserving Memories at the Library
The library has technology that patrons can use to convert paper photographs into digital images. Patrons can also move personal VHS video onto a digital platform.
To use our equipment, you must sign a form that says if you choose to use our equipment , the library cannot be held responsible if something unfavorable happens to your VHS video or pictures.
The patrons should bring some way to store their digital images or videos, such as a flash drive.
You will be given a short training session by the library staff on how to use the equipment. After that your will need to do the project on your own. Please do not expect the librarians to do it for you!
Music CDs, movies, and electronic games sometimes won’t play correctly because of fingerprints or other marks on the CD or DVD. Drop those dirty discs off at the library. The staff will evaluate each disc to see if it can be improved. If so, the disc will be cleaned with our cleaning machine. Please note that our disc cleaning machine does not work for Blue-Ray DVDs. The charge for this service is $2 per disc. The library requires the discs be dropped off so that staff can do the cleaning during non-busy times. Please do not expect us to clean your discs while you wait.
The library can laminate items that are the size of a regular size sheet of paper (8.5 inches X 11 inches) or smaller. There is a 30 cent charge for this service. It is the patron's responsibility to make sure the item to be laminated is the right size. If the item is too big, the patron will need to trim it if they still want it to be laminated.
Please make sure the item being laminated is the right size or is cut to the right size. Advance notice is appreciated if you want more than 5 pages laminated.